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Subject:  Mosaic Authorship of the Pentateuch Date:  6/13/2012  8:31 PM
Author:  CCSand Number:  9023 of 9085

Got into an interesting discussion with a priest recently on the Mosaic authorship of the Torah/Pentateuch. This was in response to a powerpoint presentation for elementary school children which included that Moses was the author of the Torah.

I questioned this, particularly after reading the introduction to the Catholic Study Bible, as well as the book, Who Wrote the Bible.

http://www.amazon.com/Wrote-Bible-Richard-Elliott-Friedman/d...

While I realize that this isn't a Catholic source and may need to be taken with a grain of salt, it doesn't seem to be saying much that is different than what I found in the introduction to the Pentateuch in my Catholic Study Bible (NAB, page RG 38).

The priest pointed to New Advent Catholic Encylclopedia,

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11646c.htm

(start with the section on Ecclesiastical Decisions)

and also with the St. Jerome Biblical Guild:

http://stjeromebiblicalguild.org/pbc062706.pdf

which are essentially the same decision/source.

Yet, I have reservations. This decision is dated 1906. There's a HUGE amount of archaeology and study that has happened since then, in fact, probably the bulk of it. So I wonder if there are any more recent decisions which address the